Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday broke his silence on the ‘Hanuman Chalisa recitation outside his house’ controversy and issued a stern warning stating that Shiv Sainiks knows how to counter ‘dadagiri’. Speaking at an event, the chief minister warned MP Navneet Kaur Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana that if they resort to ‘dadagiri’, his government knows how to counter it.
“If you want to recite Hanuman Chalisa, call and go home. But if you resort to ‘Dadagiri’, we know how to crumble it,” Thackeray said. Regarding allegations that Shiv Sena ignored Hindutva, Thackery said that his party’s Hindutva is “Gada Dhari” like Lord Hanuman.
“In recent days it is said that we have ignored Hindutva. Is Hindutva a dhoti or what? Where was (BJP) during Babari, Balasaheb Thackeray also said we don’t want Ghantadhaari Hindutva, we want Hindutava that can fight with terrorist. Our Hindutva is ‘Gada Dhari’ like Lord Hanuman’s Gada,” he said. Dismissing the controversy surrounding the issue of loudspeakers in religious places, the Chief Minister said: “A lot of people have acidity in their stomachs due to the developments taking place in Mumbai. They don’t want to talk only through loudspeakers… I don’t care about them at all.”
On Saturday, a row started when MP Navneet Rana and her husband said the couple planned to sing Hanuman Chalisa in front of “Matoshree” (Mumbai residence of Maharashtra CM) after which a huge crowd gathered outside the residence of the political couple waving flags with one aimed at preventing them from reaching the prime minister’s residence. The Ranas withdrew their plan to sing Hanuman Chalisa amid protests by Shiv Sainiks which resulted in their arrest on charges of creating enmity between different groups.
On Sunday, they were sent to police custody for 14 days by a Bandra magistrate’s court. Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court on Monday rejected a petition filed by Lok Sabha MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana to quash the FIR registered against them for allegedly assaulting the police officer who came to arrest the couple.
Police took action against the couple after they threatened to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside the private residence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai. Notably, in clarifying the line, Navneet Rana wrote to Lok Sabha Chairman Om Birla stating that she wanted to light the flame of ‘Hindutva’ in Shiv Sena, and not create religious tension by chanting ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ outside the residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. (ANI)
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